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UNSW Law Book Forum: 'The Constitution of Myanmar: A Contextual Analysis'

14 November 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm
UNSW Book Shop, Quadrangle Building, E15, Kensington Campus

The Constitution of Myanmar: A Contextual Analysis, by Melissa Crouch

Date: Thursday 14 November, 2019

Time: 4.45pm for a 5pm start

Location: UNSW Book Shop, Quadrangle Building, E15, Kensington Campus

Author: Melissa Crouch, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at UNSW Sydney

Chair: Professor Theunis Roux (UNSW Law and member of the Australia-Myanmar Constitutional Democracy Project)

Commentators:

Associate Professor Tarunabh Khaitan (The University of Melbourne)

The Honorable Justice Michael Kirby AO CMG (co-chair of the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute, which released a report in 2019 on the trial of Ko Ni’s assassinators)

About the Book

In 2017, a prominent lawyer and advocate for constitutional change, Ko Ni, was assassinated at Yangon International Airport in Myanmar. His ideas about amending the 2008 Constitution were a challenge to those who hold power in Myanmar. The 2008 Constitution is the first constitution the country has had since 1988 and it is a constitution that was drafted by the former military regime.

This panel will reflect upon the meaning of the Constitution and its role in shaping political debate in a country that continues to struggle with the legacy of direct military rule. As the legislature in Myanmar is currently drafting a bill on constitutional amendment, this timely panel will consider the prospects for reform.

The case of Myanmar also offers an opportunity to reflect upon the possibilities and limits of the field of comparative constitutional law and society. The book, The Constitution of Myanmar: A Contextual Analysis, will be launched at the event.

Refreshments will be served after the event.

This event is free of charge, but you are kindly requested to register attendance by clicking the RSVP button above. Any questions regarding this event may be directed to Natalie Klein – n.klein@unsw.edu.au